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//.UK Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Six New Members.//
''Posted: 15 hours ago - Updated: 15 hours ago.''





LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 has been announced, with Rich Brooks (football), Chuck Hayes (men’s basketball), James Johnson (wrestling), Molly Johnson-Belcher (softball), Bernadette Madigan-Dugan (cross country/track and field) and Wesley Woodyard (football) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 23-24, in conjunction with the football home game vs. South Carolina.
Rich Brooks, Football (2003-09) Only coach in school history to guide UK to bowl games in four consecutive years and win three straight bowls … Took over a program mired in a severe NCAA probation and by 2006 led UK to a 28-20 upset win over Clemson in the Music City Bowl … Followed with a win over Florida State in the 2007 Music City Bowl, a season which included a Top-10 ranking and victory over No. 1 (and eventual national champion) LSU … Following 2008 season, defeated East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl and completed his career at the Music City Bowl in 2009 … Won at least seven games four years in a row, first time that had happened at UK since 1909-12 … 2009 SEC Coach of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com … In last four seasons, led UK to 12 fourth-quarter comeback wins.
Chuck Hayes, Men’s Basketball (2002-05) Fan favorite for relentless defense and tenacious rebounding … Named the 2005 SEC Defensive Player of the Year … Ranks seventh in career rebounds with 910 boards … Led the team in rebounding for three straight seasons from 2003-05 … Led UK in blocks in 2004 … Ranks eighth in career steals with 170 … Led team to the 2005 SEC regular-season championship … Also a key member on the SEC Tournament championship teams in 2003, 2004 … Member of the 1,000-point club … Appeared in the NCAA Tournament in all four of his seasons, including Elite Eight finishes in 2003 and 2005 … Two-time All-SEC honoree, including first-team honors by the AP and Coaches in 2005 … Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2002 … 11-year NBA veteran.
James Johnson, Wrestling (1977-80) Four-year letterman who started from 1977-80 at UK as a 190-pounder … Finished with a record of 65-21 and won the Southern Open twice … Three-time Southeastern Conference medalist, including a second-place finish at the 1980 SEC Championships … Went on to remarkable success in his post-college career as a Greco-Roman competitor … Member of the USA National Wrestling Team for 12 years, winning three national championships wrestling at 100 kilograms (220 pounds) … Named USA Wrestling’s Athlete of the Year in 1993 … Began coaching career as a graduate assistant at UK … Has coached in numerous national and international events, including the 2012 Olympics, and is on the training staff for the 2016 Olympics.
Molly Johnson-Belcher, Softball (2007-10) Program’s first All-American … UK’s first four-time All-SEC honoree … NFCA Scholar-Athlete … Led UK to its first NCAA Tournament berth … Ended her career owning career records in batting average (.389), doubles (56), runs (161), home runs (35), slugging percentage (.656), total bases (445); was second in assists (510) and RBI (135); third in hits (264) and stolen bases (66); fourth in triples (10) … Also set single-season records in hits (81), doubles (20), runs scored (53), on-base percentage (.498), as well as single-game records for runs (4), doubles (3), home runs (2) … Member of US National team in 2009 and 2010 helping lead the Americans to gold at the 2012 ISF World Championship and the 2011 Pan Am Games … Current UK assistant coach.
Bernadette Madigan-Dugan, Cross Country/Track and Field (1981-85) One of the greatest distance runners in Kentucky history … First UK female to win a national track championship when she won the NCAA two-mile run in 1982 … Won two Southeastern Conference titles, the 1982 3,000-meter run and the 1983 three-mile run … Earned All-America honors in five separate events – cross country, indoor two-mile, outdoor 3,000 meters, indoor 3,200-meter relay and the outdoor 10,000 meters … Competed for Great Britain in the 1985 World Student Games … Has coached collegiately at Marshall, Furman, UK and Transylvania … Currently coaching at Lexington Catholic High School … Also has been a mentor for numerous athletes in the running community.
Wesley Woodyard, Football(2004-07) One of the best defensive players and team leaders in Kentucky history … First-team All-SEC as a junior and senior … Made 395 tackles in his career, seventh in school history … Led team in tackles three straight years, with at least 100 stops each of the three seasons … Led the SEC as a senior with 139 tackles … Unquestioned leader of the defense as the Wildcats posted eight-win seasons and won the 2006 and ’07 Music City Bowls … Led UK in tackles in both bowl triumphs … Second-team Sophomore All-America … Also a key contributor in special teams kick coverage … First-team Freshman All-SEC … SEC Academic Honor Roll … UK Athletics Society of Character … Has played eight years in the NFL with Denver and Tennessee.
The UK Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 2005 to recognize and honor persons whose participation and achievements enriched and strengthened the University’s athletics program. The charter class included 88 individuals who had previously had their jersey retired by UK.
There is a five-year waiting period after leaving UK to be eligible for inclusion into the Hall of Fame. A committee consisting of Hall of Famers, media members, campus representatives and current coaches and administrators elects new inductees each year.























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//.MBB Full Non-Conference Schedule.//
''The full release of a day-long release of-''
''The Kentucky men's basketball 2016-17 non-conference schedule.''
''Posted: 07/18/2016 - Updated: 07/18/2016.''
''By: UK Athletics.''






























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//.MBB Non-Conference Schedule - Part 3.//
''The third part of a day-long release of the Kentucky
''Men's basketball 2016-17 non-conference schedule.''
''Posted: 07/18/2016 - Updated: 07/18/2016.''
''By: UK Athletics.''


























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//.MBB Non-Conference Schedule - Part 1.//
''The first part of a day-long release of the Kentucky ''
''Men's basketball 2016-17 non-conference schedule.''
''Posted: 07/18/2016 - Updated: 07/18/2016.''
''By: UK Athletics.''






















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//.Boom Williams Tabbed Preseason Media Days All-SEC.//
''Posted: 14 hours ago - Updated: 14 hours ago.''
''By: UK Media Relations.''



LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior running back Stanley Boom Williams has been named to the Preseason Media Days All-Southeastern Conference Third Team by league media at the annual event, it was announced Friday by the league office. 

Williams, a product of Monroe, Ga., starred in the UK backfield for a second consecutive season in 2015. A 5-foot-9, 196-pound tailback, Williams rushed for 855 yards in 10 games in 2015, totaling six touchdowns and a school-record 7.1 yards per carry average. He had five games of over 100 yards rushing in 2015, including a career-high 140 yards on just 16 carries in a win over Charlotte. Over his two-year career, Williams has rushed 195 times for 1,341 yards (23rd on UK’s career rushing list) and 11 touchdowns, good for a sparkling 6.9 yards per carry mark. He has totaled 2,088 all-purpose yards in his career, including 236 receiving yards.  

This is the second preseason honor for Williams, who was named a preseason candidate for the 2016 Doak Walker Award, which annually honors college football’s top running back, on Thursday. 

Kentucky will begin the 2016 season Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET against Southern Miss at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Season tickets for Kentucky’s seven home games in 2016 are available through ukfootballtix.com and the UK Ticket Office. Season ticket packages offer the best choice of seat locations and start at just $210 per seat, with a limited number of $175 pocket passes also available for the 2016 season. Four different mini-packs are also on sale now, ranging from $85 to $155 depending on games selected. Single-game tickets for all seven home games will go on sale July 19. For complete ticket information, please visit ukfootballtix.com

For more information on the Kentucky football team, follow @UKFootball on Twitter and Instagram, or like Kentucky Football on Facebook.

2016 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM
(Total points earned in parenthesis) (331 total voters)

OFFENSE
First-Team
QB - Chad Kelly, Ole Miss (321)
RB - Leonard Fournette, LSU (329)  
RB - Nick Chubb, Georgia (308)   
WR - Calvin Ridley, Alabama (318)          
WR - Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (223)
TE - O.J. Howard, Alabama (294)                         
OL -  Cam Robinson, Alabama (315)                    
OL - Dan Skipper, Arkansas (228)             
OL - Greg Pyke, Georgia (171)                  
OL - Alex Kozan, Auburn (165)             
C - Ethan Pocic, LSU (188)                   

Second-Team
QB - Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (313)                      
RB - Jalen Hurd, Tennessee (278)          
RB - Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt (151)          
WR - Malachi Dupre, LSU (167)                   
WR - Fred Ross, Mississippi State (139)              
TE - Evan Engram, Ole Miss (214)               
OL - Martez Ivey, Florida (152)                
OL - William Clapp, LSU (143)                 
OL - David Sharpe, Florida (138)       
OL -  Alphonse Taylor, Alabama (137)                
C - Brandon Kublanow, Georgia (121)                         

Third-Team
QB - Brandon Harris, LSU (25)                                       
RB - Stanley "Boom" Williams, Kentucky (60)              
RB - Jovon Robinson, Auburn (55)          
WR - Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M (78)                 
WR - Drew Morgan, Arkansas (49)            
TE - Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas (65)                     
OL - Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M (120)           
OL - Jashon Robertson, Tennessee (119)      
OL - Braden Smith, Auburn (118)        
OL - Javon Patterson, Ole Miss (113)             
C - Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama (101)                

DEFENSE
First-Team
DL - Jonathan Allen, Alabama (301)                      
DL - Myles Garrett, Texas A&M (286)                
DL - Carl Lawson, Auburn (253)               
DL - Derek Barnett, Tennessee (171)              
LB - Reuben Foster, Alabama (265)               
LB - Kendell Beckwith, LSU (231)                 
LB - Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee (223)               
DB - Eddie Jackson, Alabama (293)         
DB - Jalen Tabor, Florida (249)              
DB - Tre'Davious White, LSU (221)          
DB - Cameron Sutton, Tennessee (213)           

Second-Team
DL - Montravius Adams, Auburn (167)                              
DL - Bryan Cox, Florida (105)               
DL - Davon Godchaux, LSU (105)             
DL - Charles Harris, Missouri (103)       
LB - Tim Williams, Alabama (196)               
LB - Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt (178)            
LB - Jarad Davis, Florida (160)               
DB - Jamal Adams, LSU (193)                
DB - Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (188)                
DB - Tony Conner, Ole Miss (146)                
DB - Dominick Sanders, Georgia (145)      

Third-Team
DL - Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (102)                                
DL - Deatrich Wise, Arkansas (95)                
DL - Cece Jefferson, Florida (85)              
DL - A.J. Jefferson, Mississippi State (84)             
LB - Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (92)                  
LB - Richie Brown, Mississippi State (84)              
LB - Arden Key, LSU (76)            
DB - Marcus Maye, Florida (139)          
DB - Marlon Humphrey, Alabama (120)               
DB - Johnathan Ford, Auburn (105)           
DB - Armani Watts, Texas A&M (74)            
              
SPECIALISTS
First-Team
P - JK Scott, Alabama (252)                             
PK - Daniel Carlson, Auburn (198)                              
RS - Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (214)                        
AP - Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (240)                         

Second-Team
P -  Johnny Townsend, Florida (124)                        
PK - Adam Griffith, Auburn (174)                              
RS - Evan Berry, Tennessee (163)               
AP - Alvin Kamara, Tennessee (152)                

Third-Team
P - Trevor Daniel, Tennessee (97)                       
PK - Elliott Fry, South Carolina (91)                              
RS - Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia (100)            
AP - Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia (112)              

NOTES:  
The top vote-getters in 2016 were Leonard Fournette (LSU), Chad Kelly (Ole Miss) and Calvin Ridley (Alabama). 
Since 2000, Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (Arkansas) is the only unanimous selection to the SEC Media Days First Team at his position, collecting all possible votes that year.
Alabama had the most first-team selections this season with seven.  Since 1992, the most players on a first-team is nine by Alabama in 2011, followed by eight by Alabama (2010) and Florida (2009).

























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//.Meet the Wildcats: Killeya-Jones eyes return to Phoenix.//


''By Metz Camfield on July 19, 2016.''




Special thanks to Papa John’s for presenting the Meet the Wildcats series. Fans can get two medium two-topping pizzas for $6.99 each when you buy two or more using promo code UK699.
It’s another new season, which means more new players and more new stories to tell. Over the next several weeks, CoachCal.com will be profiling each of Kentucky’s six newcomers in its annual and exclusive “Meet the Wildcats” series. Each story will be accompanied with video. Today we kick off the 2016-17 series with a look at Sacha Killeya-Jones, whose untapped potential is enticing.
S
acha Killeya-Jones dreamed of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy as the Super Bowl-winning quarterback over and over as a kid. He would play imaginary football games with his friend P.J. Stephens and that same dream unfolded perfectly each time.
As an eighth-grader, Killeya-Jones was competing in an All-American football game in Phoenix. As the starting quarterback and leader of the team, his dreams, while on a smaller scale, were beginning to come true.
But everything came to a screeching halt after about half the game when Killeya-Jones dropped back and was sacked, breaking his ankle in the process.
He entered high school standing at 6-feet tall and that Super Bowl dream still at the forefront of his mind. By his sophomore year though he was a tall, lanky kid standing at 6-5 and maybe 180 pounds. For a quarterback, that height/weight combination leads to more broken body parts than broken records.
Bio Blast
Position: Forward
Date of birth: Aug. 10, 1998
Parents: Ley Killeya-Jones and Reggie Jones
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.
High school: Virginia Episcopal School
Nickname: SKJ
Twitter: @The_SKJ
Instagram: @the_skj
Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Favorite food: Burgers
Favorite superhero: Superman
Favorite player: Shaquille O’Neal
Favorite sport/hobby outside of basketball: Football
Favorite movie: Training Day
Favorite musical artist: Kanye West
“It was just a buildup, and eventually it hit a point where I was like, ‘I’m 6-5, 180 playing football. I don’t have a good offensive line. I’m going to get cracked in half playing back here,’ ” Killeya-Jones said in an exclusive interview with CoachCal.com. “So I was just like let me focus on basketball and try to make the best out of that.”
Deciding to pass up on football was not an easy decision for Killeya-Jones. He sat down and talked about it with his parents, who never pushed him to give anything up. At the same time, he could tell his mother wasn’t all too upset that he was dropping the rugged sport, especially after his continual growth.
It wasn’t until two years after that football game in Phoenix that Killeya-Jones, a five-star forward from Chapel Hill, N.C., refocused his passions and made basketball his priority instead of the pigskin.
“Before, I played pickup and stuff like that,” Killeya-Jones said. “I played on the JV team. I just kind of played for fun with my friends. Basketball season sophomore year I was like, ‘This is what I want to do.’ ”
Now, with a new dream in mind, Killeya-Jones is doing everything he can to get back to Phoenix, home of the 2017 Final Four.
“We know the Final Four is in Phoenix this year,” Killeya-Jones said. “We talk about going out there and taking care of business. But it’s (summertime) right now. So, right now we have to focus on getting the plays right, getting used to playing with each other and we’ll get to that eventually.”
The last time Sacha Killeya-Jones was in Phoenix he was a quarterback competing in an All-American football game. Now he’s trying to get back for the Final Four. (photo by CoachCal.com)
Students were allowed a 15-minute break during study hall at Woodberry Forest, a small boarding school located about 35 miles north of Charlottesville, Va., where Killeya-Jones attended as a freshman and sophomore. In the past, Killeya-Jones would spend that 15-minute break working on three- and five-step drops. But when he made basketball his focus as a sophomore, he would try to put up 100 shots during the break instead.
“As soon as I decided I was going to do basketball it was 100 percent basketball,” he said.
Killeya-Jones’ growth, both physically and in the game of basketball, continued from there. He shot up to about 6-7, 6-8 as a junior, and now stands as a versatile 6-10 forward who can be a nightmare all over the court for opposing defenses.
As Kentucky fans everywhere know all too well thanks to Willie Cauley-Stein, a wide receiver in high school, the football-to-basketball transition can work out well. Killeya-Jones credits his court vision and passing ability to his time as a quarterback, saying that helped him “see the game a little differently.” It also helped him as a leader in tough, sometimes intense times.
“When we learned about Sacha having an interest in us, I asked him why Kentucky. His answer was, ‘Because you’ve coached players like me who have had growth spurts and all of those players have done well for you.’ You’re talking about a skilled player who can block shots. He can play multiple positions and fits in with the mold of kids we have, which are great kids, great students and great teammates.” – Coach Cal
“The results paid off quickly, and my versatility I think really helps me,” Killeya-Jones said. “I create a lot of matchup problems. People saw that quickly. I’m playing against a bigger, slower guy I can take him out to the wing and stretch him out and go from there. Any smaller, skinnier players than me I can take them in the paint. I think versatility is my biggest thing.”
Which is why Coach Cal’s positionless basketball pitch is so appealing.
“I think it gives you a lot more freedom and you’re not pegged into just sitting on the block or going to set a ball screen every single play,” Killeya-Jones said. “It really gives you a lot of creative freedom on the floor.”
Following his sophomore year, he transferred from Woodberry Forest to Virginia Episcopal School for his final two years, an even smaller boarding school located in rural Lynchburg, Va. Being away from home for four years in high school can be difficult. But for Killeya-Jones, it was an opportunity to learn how to do things independently, which is part of the reason why he ultimately chose to go to Kentucky despite being just a five-minute bus ride from the Dean Dome on the campus of North Carolina.
“I didn’t really want to be that close to home,” he said. “I think being kind of far helps, but at the same time my parents can still come to (Kentucky) games and everything.
“Boarding school wise you get used to living on your own, doing your own laundry, fending for yourself, stuff like that. You don’t go home to your parents every day. You get used to living away from home, and it’s really helped me just being here and living day-to-day life by myself.”
At Virginia Episcopal, the big man’s game continued to advance even further and he won a state championship as a senior, in addition to a pair of AAU national championships.
The next goal, obviously, is to continue those winning ways at Kentucky.
“I think that would be incredible to do: Win one in AAU, win in high school, win in college and then win at the next level after that,” Killeya-Jones said. “I think that would be crazy to do and that’s really all of our goal coming in is to win a national championship. And that’s all the Big Blue Nation talks about is strive for nine, go get number nine, and that’s what we want to do.”
A top-25 ranked recruit nationally, Killeya-Jones didn’t make basketball his primary focus until his sophomore year in high school. (photo by CoachCal.com)
At Kentucky, Killeya-Jones will be the latest lanky forward who went through a major growth spurt in high school to end up playing for head coach John Calipari, joining the likes of Anthony Davis and Cauley-Stein, who happened to be a wide receiver in high school.
“(Coach Cal has) had a lot of tall, lanky, athletic bigs that run the floor and play kind of similar to how I play,” Killeya-Jones said. “Coming here, I looked at a lot of those guys and I don’t want to model my game after one individual player, but take bits and pieces from each one of them.”
Just three years after making basketball his primary focus, Killeya-Jones skyrocketed up the recruiting rankings as his game grew and more scouts became familiar with his abilities.
“Every time you see your name slowly creeping up (the rankings) it gives you a lot of confidence,” Killeya-Jones said. “You’re like, ‘Sweet, I just moved up 25 spots,’ but then you’re like, ‘I want to move up another 25.’ So you go out there and you work even harder and play harder just so you know you can keep getting noticed.”
“I create a lot of matchup problems. People saw that quickly. I’m playing against a bigger, slower guy I can take him out to the wing and stretch him out and go from there. Any smaller, skinnier players than me I can take them in the paint. I think versatility is my biggest thing.” – Sacha Killeya-Jones
Despite his top-25 ranking, Killeya-Jones is the lowest ranked signee in Kentucky’s top-ranked class. He promises his low ranking (relatively speaking, of course) doesn’t put a chip on his shoulder, but said it can provide a bit of motivation to show what he’s really made of.
“I mean, a ranking can’t really save you when the light goes on,” he said. “Everybody is on the same court playing with the same shoes on and everything. You go out there and I’m just going to fight anybody who comes in front of me. If they’re ranked higher than me it’s not a chip on my shoulder, but it’s an incentive to go out there and prove why I’m better than them.”
Killeya-Jones compares UK’s current roster to that of an all-star game. In pickup games and practices where they’re all on the court together the intensity is ratcheted up to new heights. For Killeya-Jones, the expectations are simple: To go out and give his best. That may sound a bit cliché in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a mature goal for someone who has only been playing the game as his main focus for a few years.
He describes pressure as the feeling to live up to high expectations that others have placed on you. He adds that he loves pressure and it was one of the appealing things about playing at Kentucky.
Now five years after that All-America football game in Phoenix the goal for Killeya-Jones, and the rest of the 2016-17 Wildcats, is to meet the high expectations and pressure that come from not only the Big Blue Nation, but within themselves.
“We come in all with the same mindset: We came here to win,” he said. “We came here to work hard. We’ve all been doing that. Even in pickup, it’s a really competitive atmosphere. We’re all really close off the court, but on the court when we’re playing against each other it’s really competitive. When we get on the court together it’s going to be something special. I think we all have the same mindset that we’re going for a national championship. That’s the goal. Anything short of that is a failure, really.”
























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It’s another new season, which means more new players and more new stories to tell. Over the next several weeks, CoachCal.com will be profiling each of Kentucky’s six newcomers in its annual and exclusive “Meet the Wildcats” series. Each story will be accompanied with video. Today we kick off the 2016-17 series with a look at Sacha Killeya-Jones, whose untapped potential is enticing.
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//.UK MBB Faces Challenging Nonconference Schedule in 2016-17.//
''Posted: 7/18/2016 - Updated: 7/18/2016.''
''By: Eric Lindsey.''
''CoachCal.com team-by-team breakdown | Printable schedule.''




LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team plays one of the premier nonconference schedules in the country on an annual basis, but the Wildcats’ 2016-17 slate appears to have taken a typically difficult schedule of games and cranked it up another notch.

UK’s 13-game nonconference schedule, which was released Monday, features eight teams that made it to a postseason tournament in 2015-16, five teams who finished the year with a top 50 RPI ranking and a number of battles with college basketball’s blueblood programs. Three of KenPom’s top five teams from last season (North Carolina, Kansas and Michigan State) are among the heavyweights Kentucky will face in 2016-17.

The Wildcats’ upcoming slate, which will be released in full at a later time, will take the Wildcats as far east as the Bahamas for the second game of a two-year deal with Arizona State (Nov. 28) and as far west as Las Vegas for a matchup with North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic (Dec. 17).

Kentucky will also travel twice to New York, first to play Michigan State (Nov. 15) in Madison Square Garden, and then against Hofstra at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Dec. 11).

UK’s always highly anticipated home schedule includes rematches with UCLA (Dec. 3) and Kansas (Jan. 28). This year’s annual rivalry with Louisville will take place at the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 21.

“What we try to do with our schedule every year is challenge our players with the best teams in the country while also preparing them for that March run, which is what this program has been built on,” head coach John Calipari said. “This is not an easy task, and sometimes we go too far. Hopefully this isn’t one of those years. When you combine the teams we’re playing with the travel we have, this might be the toughest schedule we’ve ever attempted. I can’t wait to get this started.”

After exhibitions against Clarion (Oct. 30) and Asbury (Nov. 6), UK will kick off its regular season Nov. 11 at home vs. Stephen F. Austin, which came within a basket of making the Sweet 16 last season, before a quick turnaround against Canisius on Nov. 13.

The sixth installment of the Champions Classic will pit UK vs. Michigan State on Nov. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Kentucky last played in Madison Square Garden during the 2012 National Championship season in which UK defeated Kansas.  

After Michigan State, the Wildcats will return home for three straight home games in five days against Duquesne (Nov. 20), Cleveland State (Nov. 23) and UT Martin (Nov. 25). Both Duquesne (CBI) and UT Martin (CIT) made postseason tournaments a season ago, and UT Martin just missed out on the NCAA Tournament by making it to the Ohio Valley Conference championship game.

The Wildcats will play Bobby Hurley’s Arizona State team for a second season in a row, only this time it will be on the sunny shores of the Bahamas on Nov. 28. The Wildcats played six exhibition games in a preseason international trip to the Bahamas before the historic 2014-15 season.

December will be jam-packed with marquee games. UK will take on UCLA for a third straight season, but the Dec. 3 matchup this year will mark UCLA’s first-ever trip to Rupp Arena. On Dec. 7, Valparaiso, which made it to the 2016 NIT championship game, will travel to Lexington. 

UK will then hit the road for two neutral site games and its first true road game. The Wildcats will play Hofstra for the first time in program history at the Barclays Center on Dec. 11. It will mark the Wildcats’ fourth game in the Barclays Center since it opened in 2012. 

Arguably two of the most recognizable programs in college basketball will meet Dec. 17 when UK and North Carolina go head to head at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for the CBS Sports Classic. This year’s matchup with Louisville, who the Wildcats are 8-1 against in the Calipari era, has been moved up to Dec. 21 this season.

The two winningest schools in NCAA history, UK and Kansas, will play for a second straight year in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. That game will once again serve as a break in league play and take place Jan. 28. 

All told, Kentucky’s 2016-17 nonconference opponents combined for a record of 290-157 in 2015-16, a .649 winning percentage. Four teams finished the season ranked in the top 25 of the all-important RPI.

UK's 2016-17 Southeastern Conference schedule will feature nine home games and nine away games, and will be announced at a later date. It's the fifth straight year the SEC will feature an 18-game schedule.

Dates for Big Blue Madness (Oct 14) and the Blue-White Scrimmage (Oct. 21) have already been announced. Complete game times and TV information will be released at a later date.

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//.MBB Non-Conference Schedule - Part 4.//
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//.Toth Setting Example as Athlete, Student, Leader.//
''Posted: 7/13/2016 - Updated: 7/13/2016.''
''By: Guy Ramsey.''



HOOVER, Ala. – He’s far from the face of Kentucky football, but there might not be a better player on the team than Jon Toth.

The star senior center is likely UK’s top NFL prospect. He’s on watch lists for both the Outland Trophy and the Rimington Trophy, not to mention a likely preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection.

There’s probably even less debate about whether Toth is the most intelligent player on the UK roster. He’s a mechanical engineering major set to graduate in December and a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.

“The more you’re around him and get to spend some time with him, he’s an incredible guy,” Stoops said. “Very quiet, but he does his work. He’s really amazing.”

Between taking demanding classes and manning one of the most important positions on the field, Toth contends with a great deal of stress. Low-key and steady-handed, Toth hardly ever shows any ill effects.

“He’s a guy who’s an engineering major, but he’s constantly around our building,” Stoops said. “He makes it look easy. As you know, it’s very difficult for these players. They get pulled a lot of directions. They have a lot to do, a lot of responsibilities with their classes and their workouts, but he seems to do it very easy.”

But even Toth admits it’s difficult.

“It’s not easy, but I think I was set up well in high school to manage my time well,” Toth said. “That’s a huge part of it, is just managing your time and not watch TV and do your homework instead. Or do your homework and then go lift. Whatever it takes.”

“Whatever it takes” has been Toth’s mantra ever since he set foot on campus. Last season, for example, he gave up Netflix.

“I have time for all that,” Toth said. “I just choose to use that time for something else.”

That attitude has been essential to Toth’s continual improvement over his five-year career (he redshirted as a freshman). He played his first college game at tackle, but quickly shifted to center. All along, Stoops and his staff knew they had a building block as they began their work on transforming the culture of Kentucky football.

“We knew he was a special player,” Stoops said. “We really did right away. It doesn’t take much, through all the practice time that he had.”

That evaluation has been proven right, and now NFL scouts are starting to see the same thing. CBSSports.com ranks Toth the eighth-best center prospect for the 2017 draft.

“It’s definitely a thought that pops into your head, but you can’t let that be your forethought every day,” Toth said of playing at the next level. “It’s definitely come into my head, but it’s not something that I focus on every day.”

Toth can’t afford to be consumed by thoughts of his future. He’s just too busy pulling off life as both a high-level college player and high-level college student. 

In fact, Toth’s life is one Stoops points to often during the recruiting process.

“It’s extremely difficult, but it’s great to say, ‘Hey, talk to Jon Toth. He’s able to do that,’ ” Stoops said. “We have to give those guys the latitude in the offseason and the spring to do the coursework that they have to do, but then again, he makes it look easy. He does not miss very much. He’s a workout junkie. He’s always in there.”

Stoops isn’t the only one who notices; Toth’s teammates do too. He has developed into more of a vocal leader entering his final college season, but the example he sets will always be most powerful. 

“That’s the guy you need to look up to,” Jojo Kemp said. “That tells you there’s no excuse. You come to college, you get your education and you play football. There’s no excuse when you see somebody like Jon Toth getting it done. It just motivating to the younger guys and guys like myself.”






























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//.Boom Williams Named Preseason Candidate-.//
//.For Doak Walker Award.//
''Posted: 7/14/2016 - Updated: 7/14/2016.''
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior running back Stanley Boom Williams has been named a preseason candidate for the 2016 Doak Walker Award, which is annually presented to the nation’s top college running back, it was announced Thursday afternoon. 

Juniors Leonard Fournette of LSU and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford headline the 2016 candidate list after both were Doak Walker Award finalists a year ago. Fournette led the NCAA at 162.8 yards per game last year, while McCaffrey was the nation’s leader in all-purpose yardage (276.0 YPG). Six of the 11 semifinalists for the 2015 Doak Walker Award appear on the 2016 watch list. Nominations for the award will be accepted through October.

Williams, a product of Monroe, Ga., starred in the UK backfield for a second consecutive season in 2015. A 5-foot-9, 196-pound tailback, Williams rushed for 855 yards in 10 games in 2015, totaling six touchdowns and a school-record 7.1 yards per carry average. He had five games of over 100 yards rushing in 2015, including a career-high 140 yards on just 16 carries in a win over Charlotte. Over his two-year career, Williams has rushed 195 times for 1,341 yards (23rd on UK’s career rushing list) and 11 touchdowns, good for a sparkling 6.9 yards per carry mark. He has totaled 2,088 all-purpose yards in his career, including 236 receiving yards.  

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name 10 semifinalists on Nov. 16, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the three finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 22. The committee will cast a second vote beginning November 28 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives. 

The recipient of the 2016 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas in early 2017. 

The award, which will name its 27th recipient in 2016, is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.

Kentucky will begin the 2016 season Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET against Southern Miss at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Season tickets for Kentucky’s seven home games in 2016 are available through ukfootballtix.com and the UK Ticket Office. Season ticket packages offer the best choice of seat locations and start at just $210 per seat, with a limited number of $175 pocket passes also available for the 2016 season. Four different mini-packs are also on sale now, ranging from $85 to $155 depending on games selected. Single-game tickets for all seven home games will go on sale July 19. For complete ticket information, please visit ukfootballtix.com

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